India vs Cambodia: Sunil Chhetri’s Heroic Brace Help India Sail Through

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Sunil Chhetri's brace helped India beat Cambodia 2-0 in its first Groud D match of the final round of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on Wednesday.
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India vs Cambodia was an estatic fixture as India played true to its form and situation to beat Cambodia 2-0 courtesy of a Sunil Chhetri brace in the opening group D fixture of AFC Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers, at the Salt Lake Stadium here on Wednesday.

Playing his 127th match for the country, Sunil Chhetri got his 81st international goal by scoring a 14th-minute penalty.

The Indian captain could have made it 3-0 by the half-hour mark but failed to produce the sharpness when he was found inside the box with accurate crosses, first by the right-back Roshan Singh in the 22nd minute and next by the left-back Akash Mishra in the 32nd minute.

The first goal was realized when Colaco was brought down inside the Cambodian box by its defender Kok Boris resulting in the penalty that Chhetri scored.

India vs Cambodia continued as India continued to press forward after the break as coach Igor Stimac brought in a couple of changes looking to make the team attack more effective.

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Sunil Chhetr taking his penalty for India (Image-AIFF Twitter)

The arrival of forward Sahal Abdul Samad and winger Udanta Singh, who replaced the struggling Manvir Singh and Anirudh Thapa, pepped up the attack and paved the way for the second goal at the hour mark. Chhetri was impeccable with his finishing this time as he nodded home a Brandon Fernandes cross to secure the Indian win and fetch his 82nd international goal.

The thousands packing the stands to cheer the home side had a lot of reason to celebrate as the country’s most prolific striker realized their hopes with a memorable performance.

India could well have enhanced its tally but after captain Chhetri was replaced midway through the second half, substitutes Sahal Abdul Samad and Ashique Kuruniyan failed to produce the finishing shown by their senior colleague.

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